Caldwell right-hander Andrew Kirk retired 12 of the first 13 batters he faced and allowed just two hits over seven innings, striking out seven and walking just one.
The Tigers scored in each of the first three innings off Lucas Riddle for all of the offense they would need.
Riddle didn’t pitch badly, but was the victim of some shaky defense at times.
The sophomore allowed five hits in six innings, with four of the five runs earned. He struck out four and walked three.
Caldwell County struck for two runs in the first inning when Joe Van Hooser led off with a triple to right-centerfield.
Donovan Dame followed with a walk and stole second base. Van Hooser scored on the throw to second for the game’s first run.
After moving to third base on a wild pitch, Dame scored on a sacrifice fly.
In the second inning, Justin Boone reached on an error, stole second, and scored on the Wildcat’s second error of the inning for a 3-0 lead.
Caldwell added two more runs in third inning on an RBI double by Kirk and a groundout by Cory Williamson.
Meanwhile, Trigg County only put one runner on base in the first four innings, and that came when John David Fourqurean reached first base on a swinging third strike that got away from the catcher in the second inning.
Fourqurean moved to second base on an errant pickoff throw, but a groundout and strikeout ended the scoring threat.
Fourqurean did get Trigg’s first hit of the game in the fifth inning with a bunt single down the third base line.
A passed ball moved him to second base with no outs.
Ryan Eubanks hit a grounder to first base that was booted by the Tiger first baseman and scored Fourqurean.
The Wildcats put together a brief rally in the seventh when pinch hitter Corey Harrison drew a two-out walk, and Kirk Garner followed with a double down the right field line.
However, the next batter struck out to end the game.
Caldwell County advanced to the championship game where they lost to Livingston Central 9-0.
The loss ended Trigg County’s season at 12-18 and marked their fourth straight first round exit from the district tournament.
However, the 12 wins were the most for TCHS since a 13-win season in 1998, and the Wildcats played 30 games in a season for the first time since 1985.